Can a Swift 3 overtake its rival Aspire 5 A514-52G?

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptops Face-off.

Here, in this article, I'm gonna show you something weird. A device of the same manufacturer will fight. Both of them are popular budget laptops to buy in India under Rs 60,000. So, stay tuned till the end of this article to find out the one which has a guts to win this face-off.

Acer's Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Aspire 5 A514-52G Face-off

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Price and availability

In terms of price, the Swift 3 is almost Rs 6,000 more costly than Aspire device. The prices are subject to change over time. So, find out the right one by the links below.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

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Acer Aspire A514-52G

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Here, the exact version of Aspire laptop isn't available on Flipkart. And, the Swift 3 is cheaper on Flipkart compared to Amazon India. So, I recommend you to see it first. So, the winner for this round is finalized.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire A514-52G: Specs compared

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1035G1Intel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsIntegrated Intel UHDNVIDIA MX350 2GB
RAM2666MHz 8GB DDR42666MHz 8GB DDR4
Storage512GB SSD512GB SSD
Display14-inch FHD IPS14-inch FHD IPS
Battery7 hrs 21 mins7 hrs 6 mins
Dimensions32 x 21.7 x 1.6 cms32.8 x 23.6 x 1.8 cms
Weight1.19 kg1.6 kg
PortsThunderbolt-3USB Type-C

Both laptops are very similar in specs. The main difference is in the graphics. Also, you will find more different ports in both machines. As the performance is what we look at first, I'll give it to a first priority. Hence, you probably know which one is the winner.

Winner: Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Design

First, look at both laptops. The Swift 3 looks more premium quality compared to Acer Aspire 5.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.

Both laptops have different build quality. Acer Swift 3 is made of all-metal. However, all-build doesn't consist of one metal. The display lid is made of aluminium whereas the rest is made of magnesium-aluminium alloy.

On the other hand, the Aspire 5 is made of all-plastic. Despite the plastic build, Acer's laptop is quite solid and sturdy enough.

Both laptops are also little bit different in terms of dimensions. The swift 3 is 2mm slimmer than the Aspire 5. Also, it's almost 400 grams lightweight to hold.

The bottom of both laptops consists of air intake vents. However, the A514-52G has little bit awkward placement. Anyway.

I've presented all important aspects regarding the build quality of both machines. And, now is the time to declare one a winner of this round.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Display

In this round, I will take size, resolution, nits, colour gamut, panel, and contrast ratio into consideration.

Both laptops have a 14-inch FHD (1980 x 1080) resolution display with an IPS panel. So, you gonna get good viewing angles in both' displays. But, there are many things are still not common in both machines. And, that must be addressed.

Swift 3Aspire 5
The colour gamut are
SRGB: 58%
AdobeRGB: 36%
NTSC: 35%
The colour gamut are
SRGB: 64%
AdobeRGB: 39%
NTSC: 36%
Display nits at 100% brightness: 264.Display nits at 100% brightness: 242.
Screen contrast ratio is 1170:1.The same is just 763:1.
Side bezels are 4.5mm thin.Side bezels are 8.5mm thick.
Comparison of Display quality

Both laptops have disappointing screen colour gamut. As a result, both are not recommend for professional photo and video editing. However, Aspire 5 laptop has little bit higher colour gamut than SF314-57 laptop. So, it definitely gonna produce more colourful results than A514-52G.

In addition to that, Swift 3's display much more bright than the Aspire 5. It's to note that, At thanalysis, we recommend at least 300 nits display to see the content of screen in direct sunlight without pain in the eyes.

The contrast ratio of Swift 3 is higher than the Aspire 5, even higher than the lower value we recommend at Thanalysis. So, it gonna great for you in gaming. Although, it's damn true that due to lack of a dedicated graphics, it's not possible to play high-end games. But, you can go with tiny.

So, who will be winner?

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Keyboard and Touchpad

In this round, the face-off will happen at different angels like typing experience, keyboard build quality, backlit, and touchpad.

Both laptop chiclet keyboard with black colour keys. The keys have white colour fonts including the secondary function symbols.

Also, both are coming with a white backlit. And, that's what we recommend in 2021. The laptop's keyboard must have at least single level backlit. In fact, we consider backlit as a major factor while calculating the final score.

This round of face-off doesn’t end here. Many things remain to consider. In the following table, I'm gonna compare addition important qualities of the keyboard of both machines.

Swift 3Aspire 5
1.5mm of consistent key's travel1.5mm of consistent key's travel
Good tactile feedback.Good tactile feedback.
It has total of 6 keys which are small and messy placed.It has also total of 6 keys which are small and messy placed.
On this laptop, my typing speed was 84WPM.On this laptop, my typing speed was 86WPM.
Comparison of the keyboard's quality of both laptops.

I have tested the typing speed on 10fastfingers.com. I would like tell you that on the Macbook Pro 16-inch, I got 101WPM speed. Macbook's magic keyboard is really pretty awesome one.

Furthermore, both laptops have a common placement of a "Power" button. It is placed next to the "Delete" button. But, don't worry. It's not gonna create problem while typing since you've to long press it in both laptops to execute the function assigned to it.

The touchpad is still remains to consider before I end this round.

Both laptops have a 4.1-inch wider touchpad. It's smooth, responsive, and accurate. Also, it does support Windows precision drivers. Furthermore, both laptops have a plastic made one. So, the trackpad isn't gonna make any difference.

As you can see both laptops share quite similarities which make it really hard for me to decide the final winner.

Winner: Draw

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Ports

Both laptops have USB 3.1 and 2.0 ports including 3.5mm audio/combo jack. But, I’m interested to see something more.

I’m looking for the thunderbolt-3 port which only Swift 3 has. The Aspire 5 laptop has only a USB Type-C port. Furthermore, Swift 3’s thunderbolt-3 port also support charging.

Furthermore, the placement of a 3.5mm audio/combo jack is perfectly fine in both laptops. Guess, who is the winner?

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Performance and graphics

This face-off will look at different angles in both laptops like CPU, GPU, several benchmark tests, and many more. So, let’s start with the CPU first.

Both laptops have the same Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor. In the first sight, it looks like this round will go draw. But, performance doesn’t mean the processor. Hence, I’ve conducted several benchmark tests like Cinebench R20, Geekbench 5, and PCMark 10.

There's one thing I forgot to tell you that the Swift 3 can be overclocked maximum up to 3.6GHz whereas Aspire 5 can be up to 4.2GHz.

Let's compare some CPU benchmarks.

Swift 3 SF314-57Aspire 5 A514-52G
Cinebench single core score411415
Cinebench multi core score11421187
Geekbench 5 single core score11801061
Geekbench 5 multi core score36743789
CPU speed during stress test2675MHz2876MHz
CPU benchmarks comparison for both laptops.

It looks like the Aspire A514-52G is giving a more higher performance than Swift 3. Also, look at the comparison of CPU temperature profile below.

Swift 3Aspire 5
At idle47 degrees Celsius48 degrees Celsius
During stress test81 degrees Celsius81 degrees Celsius
CPU stress test with a cooling pad80 degrees Celsius80 degrees Celsius
Face-off in CPU temperatures of both laptops.

You can see both machines have shown a very identical CPU temperature profiles. Also, the cooling pad is useless for both Swift 3 SF314-57 and Aspire 5 A514-52G laptops.

Last, let’s check the video export time.

I’ve exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video in YouTube 4K H.264 preset and repeated the same test 4 times further to find out the average video export time in Adobe Premiere CC. See the comparison in the below table.

Swift 3Aspire 5
Test 11817 secs1401 secs
Test 21816 secs1398 secs
Test 31817 secs1399 secs
Test 41817 secs1400 secs
Test 51817 secs1399 secs
Average1816.8 secs1399.4 secs
Comparison of video export time in both laptops.

So, Aspire 5 laptop is very fast in video export compared to the Swift 3.

In addition to that, the Aspire 5 laptop has a dedicated graphics which allow gaming compared to Swift 3 SF314-57. So, the winner for this round is finalized.

Winner: Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Battery

Battery life is one of the most important factors the face-off round must include. And I’ve included it.

Let's compare it.

Swift 3 SF314-57Aspire 5 A514-52G
Capacity48Wh48Wh
Battery life during YouTube7 hours 21 minutes7 hours 6 minutes
Battery life during stress test1 hour 29 minutes1 hour 23 minutes
A comparison of battery of both laptops.

Despite the same capacity, battery is lasting a little longer in the Swift 3. So, this round will favour it.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Camera and microphone

Both machines have a 720p camera and a microphone integrated at the top bezel of the laptop.

But, the quality differs in both. We've rate Swift 3's camera and mic 4 out of 10 whereas Aspire 5 got only 3 ratings out of 10. Also, none of them support Windows hello unlock. It's to note that Swift 3 has a fingerprint reader just below the arrow keys. And, it supports Windows Hello unlock - pretty awesome. At thanalysis, we recommend laptop with an average quality camera and microphone.

So, the winner is.....

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Wireless connectivity

We recommend Intel Wi-Fi 6 for the laptop you buy in 2021.

In this face-off, this round favours Acer Swift 3 because it’s been equipped with latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 and a Bluetooth version 5. On the other hand, Aspire 5 A514-52G has just a traditional old Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth version 5.

So, who won this round? You may be got an answer.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57.

Overall winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

RoundSwift 3 SF314-57Aspire 5 A514-52G
Price & availabilityWinnerLoser
SpecsLoserWinner
DesignWinnerLoser
DisplayWinnerLoser
Keyboard and touchpadDrawDraw
PortsWinnerLoser
Performance and graphicsLoserWinner
BatteryWinnerLoser
Camera and micWinnerLoser
Wireless connectivityWinnerLoser
Final in both.

So, the face-off ends now with favouring the Swift 3 SF314-57 in 7 rounds out of 10.

Read the full review of Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

Read the full review of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.